Friday, August 11, 2006

[Cyclelicious] 8/11/2006 11:06:42 AM

Hi Phil, I agree but I think what Norton wrote (linked to in the blog post) makes sense regarding motivation:

"Consider a typical pro cyclist (in Europe or America) -- he dominates at all levels, as a junior, as a U23, in the lower categories and eventually as a talented Cat 1. Eventually he's signed to a pro contract with a domestic or continental squad. He keeps on winning. Ultimately he's signed to a ProTour contract and enters his first Spring classic or stage race. Poof. Suddenly he finds himself surrounded by riders equal or better than he is. He finishes mid-pack or even off the back. The riders in the European pro peloton are many times stronger and faster than the riders at a level just below. He's like the arrogant college freshman who enters MIT only to find that everyone else was the valedictorian in their high school too. It's sobering and defeating."

Posted by Fritz to Cyclelicious at 8/11/2006 11:06:42 AM